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President's Message November 2013

06 Nov 2013 10:12 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

November 5, 2013

The Newsletter for October is out. If you want to submit an article for the January issue, please submit to president@fapac.org  no later than December 15 to be included.

The FAPAC Challenge Team Pilot, with the support of a panel from OPM, EEOC, the White House Initiative on AAPIs, has selected 4 teams and held a kick off meeting on September 24 at the White House. The teams have started work and oversight will be provided by the FAPAC Liaison, Minh Favila, to make sure the teams stay on track. Whey will also have access to the Interagency Working Group of the White House Initiative.  Visit our web for more information.

The National Coalition for Equity in Public Service (NCEPS), which FAPAC has helped to co-found, has issued a press release in support of the BIG resolution on the request to President Obama that the Redskin name not be used at the Federal workplace as a respect for the Native American community.

The One Day Workshop was held on November 1 at HHS. Dr. Fred Soto from DOE/OPM spoke on REAL Leadership in his Keynote. Presenters from several agencies provided the attendees with great learning and interaction. Future workshops will be advertised on the website.  For the first time the workshop is available to attendees outside DC through Adobe Connect. If you like to help by being part of the Program Committee, send a note to fapac@fapac.org. The Membership Committee signed up several new members including one Lifetime.

The work of FAPAC continues during the shutdown. We completed the work on the formation of our Business Advisory Partnership (BAP) under Sam Mok and held a kick off meeting on October 19 at the Far East Restaurant.  BAP has ten Founding Members including Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Pragmatics and other successful enterprises. We have a good mix of AAPI and non-AAPI so we can share experiences. Ms. Tong Qin, Deputy Direction of SBA San Francisco, discussed some of the resources provided by SBA. Dr. Long Nguyen shared his formula of success at Pragmatics. Sam Mok presented perspectives on the rules of engagement and ethics. A follow up meeting is planned to discuss future collaboration between BAP and FAPAC.

The Conference Committee is soliciting members to join its team for planning the 2014 National Training Program to be held May 5-9 at the Sheraton Charlotte in North Carolina. We expect great attendance and a great program. It is a good opportunity for agencies and businesses to reach the AAPI community. FAPAC is happy to hold the registration fee at last year’s level. The FAPAC Scholarship Fund will be awarding a Scholarship for Public Service in honor of former Secretary Norman Mineta in Charlotte.

The FAPAC Mentoring Program will be starting its second class soon. The deadline was extended due to the government shutdown. FAPAC has many committees and activities so you can fulfill your personal ambitions and goals.  If you are not a member or have not renewed your membership, you can do so on-line at www.fapac.org at the price of a cup of coffee a month. Being an active member you can extend your network and reap the benefit of being part of FAPAC.

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